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Interpretive Autoethnography

Second Edition


November 2013 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Like all writing, biographies are interpretive. In Interpretive Autoethnography, Norman Denzin combines one of the oldest techniques in the social sciences with one of the newest. Bringing in elements of postmodernism and interpretive social science, he reexamines the biographical and autobiographical genres as methods for qualitative researchers. Grounded in theory and rigorous analysis, this accessible book points up the inherent weaknesses in traditional biographical forms and outlines a new way in which biographies should be conceptualized and shaped. The book provides a guide to the assumptions of the biographical method, to its key terms, and to the strategies for gathering and interpreting such materials. Denzin introduces the key concept of “epiphany,” or turning points in person’s lives. A final chapter returns to autoethnography’s primary purpose: to make sense of our fragmented lives.
 
1. Assumptions of the Method
 
2. A Clarification of Terms
 
3. Interpretive Guidelines
 
4. Selves, Stories, Experiences
 
5. Evaluating Performance Autoethnography
 
6. In Conclusion: Performing Lives

Although the book was very insightful, the content was too specialist. It would be ideal for PhD students or researchers doing this particular type of study.

Mr Alan Shaw
Business, Sheffield Hallam University
October 16, 2014

A useful introduction for a little used methodology.

Mrs Jayne Dalley-Hewer
Department of Applied Sciences and Rehabilitation, Coventry University
October 14, 2014

Will be an invaluable resource for any student wishing to adopt an autoethnographic approach in studying city life

Ms Maria Feeney
Social Sciences (Hamilton), University of the West of Scotland
August 26, 2014

An excellent text. I have found this very useful and will definitely be using it to inform my teaching content.

Mr Paul Muff
Division of Social Sciences and Criminal Justice, University of Bradford
August 15, 2014

This is a very useful book for those interested in developing their understanding of the many aspects of qualitative research. Even if autoethnography is not adopted, the reader will gain from a deeper understanding of where they might be positioned in their research.

Ms Jill Cochrane
Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University
August 6, 2014

This is an inspiring small text. Up-to-date, clearly written and bristling with more than enough signposted nuggets to tempt students and professionals to seriously consider an autoethnographic research option.

Mr Simon Blake
School of Business and Marketing, Univ. College Birmingham
July 9, 2014

This book is useful for postgraduate students who wish to explore novel methods in their research.

Dr Zrinka Mendas
Ashcroft Intl Bus Schl (Cambridge), Anglia Ruskin Univ.
July 2, 2014

This is a very easy book to read. Denzin's style isvery engaging and takes the reader with him, using a range of examples and clear definitions to support learning.

Dr Sally Boyle
School of Health Sciences, Brighton University
June 27, 2014

Definitely on my list of highly recommended approaches to research. Hardlyt considered in counselling psychology, this book is an absolute must for those wanting to explore and research the meaning they assign to their own experiences. It is a wonderful text, well written, easy to understand and leaves you wanting to go ahead and start auto-ethnogrpahic research!

Dr Lyndsey Moon
Department of Psychology, Roehampton Univ.
June 2, 2014

Denzin's classic text on interpretive autoethnography has not lost a bit of its perceptive challenge to the field and this second edition offers a range of new examples and fresh reflections. I will be recommending this to any student interested in autoethnography, however, given its specific nature it will not be recommended as essential reading for students in the main.

Mr Jonathan Vincent
Education Studies, York St John University College
May 22, 2014

Norman K. Denzin

Norman K. Denzin is Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Communications, College of Communications Scholar, and Research Professor of Communications, Sociology, and Humanities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. One of the world’s foremost authorities on qualitative research and cultural criticism, he is the author or editor of more than 30 books, including The Qualitative Manifesto; Qualitative Inquiry Under Fire; Reading Race; Interpretive Ethnography; The Cinematic Society; The Alcoholic Self; and a trilogy on the American West. He is past editor of The Sociological Quarterly, co-editor of six editions of the... More About Author

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